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Frozen Paradise
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Frozen Paradise
PIA 18309

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  Named after a Japanese paradise, the Senkyo region of Titan (the dark area below and to the right of center) is a bit less welcoming than its namesake.

With a very inhospitable average temperature of approximately 290 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-180 degrees Celsius), water on Titan (3200 miles or 5150 kilometers across)freezes hard enough to be essentially considered rock. Even if you enjoy cold temperatures, Titan’s dense nitrogen-rich atmosphere contains no oxygen.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan. North on Titan is up and rotated 33 degrees to the right. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 8, 2015 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared/ultraviolet light centered at 938 nanometers.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 7 miles (11 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: March 2, 2015 (PIA 18309)
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